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Swinton, Manchester

M27 8US


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Standards Committee

Guide to Making a Complaint

This guide provides information on the Authority's Standards Committee and information on how to make a complaint against certain types of behaviour by Members and Independent Members of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority.


What is a Standards Committee?

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority has a legal obligation under Section 51 of the Local Government Act 2000 to set up a Standards Committee. The statutory duty of this Committee is to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by Members and Independent Members of the Authority and to assist them in observing the Authority's code of conduct. The Standards Committee is also responsible for dealing with complaints about the behaviour of a Member and Independent Members of the Authority.


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority's Standards Committee is made up of six Members of the Authority and three Independent Members which are selected by using a recruitment process. These Independent Members are appointed as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee meets approximately four times per year.


The current Standards Committee membership for 20011/12 is:

Mr G. Little (Independent Member)(Chairman)
Mr D. Barry (Independent Member)(Vice-Chairman)
Ms L. Curtis (Independent Member)
Councillor D. Ali
Councillor M. Ayub
Councillor J. Dawson
Councillor G. Fletcher-Hackwood
Councillor W. Meikle
Councillor P. Young


Making a Complaint?

The Standards Committee can only deal with complaints about the behaviour of a Member or Independent Member of the Authority who may have failed to follow the Authority's approved Members' Code of Conduct.

It will not deal with complaints which are not covered by the Members' Code of Conduct.


How to make a Complaint?

If you make a complaint to the Authority's Standards Committee it must be in writing a Complaints Form can be downloaded here or a form can be sent to you by the Democratic Services Section.


Complete forms must be submitted to:

Democratic Services Section
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
146 Bolton Road
Swinton
M27 8US


What will happen to your complaint?

The Authority's Monitoring Officer will acknowledge receipt and any complaint and then pass the complaint to the Assessment Sub-Committee for consideration.


The Assessment Sub-Committee can reach one of three decisions on each complaint. The first is that the complaint be referred to the Monitoring Officer for investigation. The second decision is that the matter be referred to the Standards Board for England. The third decision is that no action should be taken in respect of the complaint. The hearings of the Sub-Committee are not public meetings.


Notice of any decision will be given to the complainant and the subject member. If the Assessment Sub-Committee decides that the complaint should be referred to the Monitoring Officer or to the Standards Board for England, then it must send a summary of the complaint to the parties with a decision notice.

A complainant has a right to seek a review of these decisions of the Assessment Sub-Committee. That review must be carried out within a maximum of 3 months of the date of the request for the review.


If you are unsure of an aspect of the complaints process, please contact:

Democratic Services Section
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
146 Bolton Road
Swinton
M27 8US
Tel: 0161 608 4087


Further Information


View all guidance on the code of conduct - External Link